How to Get Rid of Tonsilloliths Naturally

Tonsilloliths, or tonsil stones, is a term used to refer to solid masses that form in the tonsils. The tonsils are two oval shaped masses of tissue at the back of the mouth. They have an important role to play when it comes to keeping viruses and bacteria out of the body. As part of the lymphatic system, they contain white blood cells and act as the body’s first line of defense against viruses and bacteria.

Tonsilloliths form when food particles, dead cells and other debris get lodged in the crypts located on the surface of tonsils, creating a breeding ground for bacteria. With time, the accumulated debris calcifies into a white or yellowish mass as the bacteria works on it on a continuous basis. The resulting solid mass has a distinct bad odour caused by high sulfur content.

Tonsil stones may be visible at the back of the mouth and are usually seen as whitish specs; these may be coughed up from time to time. It is however worth noting that failure to address tonsilloliths at an early stage may cause them to grow in size; they may however grow up to an inch in width – causing even more problems!

As tonsil stones grow in size, so does the severity of the associated symptoms. Bad breath, trouble swallowing, experiencing pain in the ears and fever are among the symptoms associated with large tonsil stones.

If you have coughed up whitish specks that have a characteristically awful smell, then you have tonsil stones. To solve the problem, and avoid the development of serious symptoms, follow the simple home remedies listed below.

Oral Hygiene

As explained above, tonsilloliths are caused by the accumulation of food particles trapped in the crypts located on the surface of the tonsils. Practicing proper oral hygiene will definitely go a long way in helping remove all food debris from the mouth, preventing further build up and fighting against bacteria that causes the tonsil stones build up.

I recommend brushing and flossing 3 times per day to make sure there is no debris found between the teeth and gums, and to gargle with an anti-bacterial, non-alcoholic mouthwash to fight the bacteria.

Gargle Salt Water

Gargling salt water on a regular basis not only helps eliminate tonsil stones but also prevents them from forming in the first place.

Gargling salt water, with a mixture of about 8 ounces of warm water and a teaspoon of salt, will help detoxify the mouth. When done more vigorously it also clears any food particles left in the mouth while also loosening any existing tonsil stones. Gargling salt water is a very common and effective tonsil stones cure.

Garlic

Chewing on a piece of raw garlic will help get rid of the bacterial in the tonsils, halting their action on any accumulated debris and the resultant crystallization into tonsil stones. This helps eliminate the bad smell associated with tonsilloliths.

According to research findings, garlic has powerful antibacterial properties that make it useful in killing bacteria, including the variety present in the mouth. Remember to allow the sliced or crushed garlic to sit for about ten minutes before chewing it to boost its Allicin, the active ingredient, content.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar is used in treating a variety of ailments, among them, tonsil stones. The fact that it is acidic means that it has what it takes to eat away at the tonsil stones, ultimately getting rid of them. To boost the effectiveness of this natural remedy, gargle ACV three times a day, dilute it with some water and make sure it reaches your tonsils.

Natural Yoghurt and Probiotics

Consuming probiotics in natural form as contained in kefir, natural yoghurt, kimchi etc. arms the body with the necessary nutrition it needs to get rid of tonsil stones naturally.

Final Words

Although tonsilloliths may be harmless most of the time, they are gross, can be painful and have an awful smell. Getting rid of them as soon as possible is always a welcome proposition; and the above natural remedies will help you do just that.

 

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